Casinos face up to biometrics
By Paul
One of the major sticking points for online gambling legislation in the US is the supposed lack of identification technology – primarily to keep out minors and people from forbidden jurisdictions. News in from Viiage Technology inc would suggest that some identification problems can be solved – but it’s being used by land-based, rather than their online counterparts.

Viisage have signed over a dozen new contracts with casinos throughout the US since it’s acquisition of Biometrica Systems this March. The face recognition technology is used to recognize and identify known cheats.

Viisage's patented face-recognition (FR) technology, originally developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), uses 'eigenfaces,' which map characteristics of a person's face into a multi-dimensional face space. This information is then checked against a database.

Bob Schmitt, executive vice president of Viisage said: “The continued interest from the gaming industry in our digital face recognition technology is a true testament to the technology's effectiveness. Casinos worldwide are deploying it because they know it plays an important role in helping to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.'

So presumably, this technique could work over the Internet, although it would require a webcam from the end user – not a significant investment, as webcams have come down in price. It wouldn’t be able to identify which jurisdiction a player was in, but it could address the concern of keeping out minors.

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